One of the beauties of living in a rural area is that neighbors are truly helpful. We have a GREAT neighbor to the west who is always there when I have a mechanical or handyman issue, the folks at the Greenville Coop are super service-oriented … always ready to help me with plant / grass / week questions, and yesterday I had the pleasure to meet a neighbor to the north … Andy Noll, Superintendent at Eagle Creek Golf Club (actually about 1.5 miles north of Dogwood Acres).

I dropped in just to meet Andy and to see if he would be open to sharing some of his expertise in making our trial rings a bit more level so nobody and no dogs would turn an ankle while running on our surface. All I wanted was to make contact and get a yeah or nay. Not only did he say yes, he stopped what he was doing and took the time to listen to my concerns and understand the project … he gave great advice and answered all my questions about how to get the project done! Neighbors are a beautiful thing out here in the country!

With 6 weeks left before our next trial, this was the perfect time to follow Andy’s guidance and “git ‘er done” … so Cheri and I went about the business of putting together the necessary equipment and completed the mission last night before the rain came.

All I can say is WOW. You will be astounded at how well the ground has leveled out beneath our ring grass. It will probably take a few more treatments to fully complete the mission, but right now I don’t mind saying that the running surface of the rings here at Dogwood Acres are now among the best in the country.

Thanks Andy – you’re a great neighbor and I hope we can send some folks your way to enjoy Eagle Creek!